was founded in 1994 by Mike Maietta and Howie
Schnee. Our clients benefit from the diverse
backgrounds of the founders. As principals of
Creative Entertainment Group (CEG), Howie and
Mike each bring with them over a decade of music
industry experience in the areas of artist
management and development, event promotion,
marketing, sponsor relations and booking.
Entertainment Group is a full-service entertainment company offering management, booking, production, event marketing, sponsorship and promotional services to corporations, venues and musical acts.
In addition to booking and promoting all concerts and events at New York City's best small music venue -- Sullivan Hall, CEG also promotes and produces concerts and events in and around New York City, New Orleans, New Jersey, San Francisco, and other markets under the moniker of
CEG Presents with artists such as Aaron Neville, Brandi Carlile, Brazilian Girls, Dashboard Confessional, Derek Trucks Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Disco Biscuits, Dr. John, G. Love and Special Sauce, Galactic, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Gene Ween, George Porter Jr. & Runnin’ Pardners, Guster, Keller Williams, Kermit Ruffins, Lettuce, The Low Anthem, Marco Benevento, Medeski Martin & Wood, moe., N. Miss Allstars, Orgone, Phil Lesh, The Radiators, Rebirth Brass Band, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, The Slip, Soul Coughing, Soulive, String Cheese Incident, Tea Leaf Green, Trombone Shorty, Umphrey’s McGee, Warren Haynes and more at such venues as New York City’s BB King’s, Brooklyn Bowl, City Winery, Highline Ballroom, Irving Plaza, Le Poisson Rouge, South Street Seaport (Water Taxi Beach), and concert cruises ranging from 200 – 500 capacity; Maxwell’s, Mexicali Live, and the State Theater of New Brunswick in NJ; San Francisco’s Mezzanine; House of Blues (Los Angeles); Republic, Tipitina’s French Quarter & Uptown, The Temple, Le Petit Theater, and the Blue Nile in New Orleans, etc.
They have managed or done artist development work with acts such as Antigone Rising, Billy Mann, and Nine Days, working closely with such record companies such as Lava, Atlantic, Epic and A&M. Today, CEG does exclusive management for one of the biggest touring club acts in the country Badfish, as well as Scotty Don't, Project/Object, and Dead On.
CEG is the co-producer of the Garden Grove Festival centered around management client Badfish. We are also the co-producer of the Backbeat Jazzfest Concert Series in New Orleans along with New Orleans-based Hypersoul & the Backbeat Foundation.
CEG regularly produces private parties, corporate events, benefits and fundraisers for organizations and companies such as Australian Consulate, Billboard, Brazil Child Health, ESPN, Facebook Developers Group, GMR Entertainment, Hole In The Wall Gang Camps, The Howard Stern Show, The Lime Group, NY Tech Meetup Group, Pandora, ropeadope, Tulane University and the Winter Jazz Festival.
CEG has demonstrated savvy by promoting their artists and events using the Internet in innovative ways. The company’s promotional background and experience has led to the expansion of their third-party marketing division. With years of experience promoting their own events and artists, CEG has developed a variety of non-traditional media solutions in the market that has yielded great success and return. Marketing clients include AEG, Bowery Presents, Live Nation & more.
Before starting CEG, Mike got his start
in the music business in the early 90’s. While
attending Syracuse University, he worked at
Creative Concerts (presently known as Eastern
Artists), an independent concert promotion
company run by Chuck Chao. While at Creative
Concerts, Mike produced shows by Spin
Doctors, Phish, Dream Theatre, Stanley Jordan,
Joe Cocker, Bob Dylan, and Allman Brothers.
Mike entered the world of artist management with
a band called The Authority from New York City
that he promoted in Syracuse and moved back home
to the NYC area to be able to go on the road
with the band. In 1994, he and partner Howie
Schnee formed CEG.
Before starting CEG, Howie got his start in the
music business at Music Unlimited, a management
and booking company owned by David Graham (son
of the late concert impresario Bill Graham).
While at Music Unlimited, Howie helped in all
aspects of the company, which oversaw the
careers of Blues Traveler and The
Hatters, produced major concerts with acts
such as Phish and The Spin Doctors
at Arrowhead Ranch, an upstate New York venue,
and consulted on Lollapalooza and
HORDE Festival, the premier alternative rock
touring shows of the time. Before starting
Creative Entertainment Group, Howie also worked
in the marketing department of Carnegie Hall,
and at the Bottom Line nightclub. In
1994, he and partner Mike Maietta formed CEG.
A fresh face to
the music industry, Jeff got his start in
2004 working for MTV after receiving an
Economics degree at
Union College. While at MTV, in an attempt to
gain first hand experience in the
industry, Jeff began working with a young
band from his hometown by the name of
Graffiti. He slowly integrated
himself into the group as an emcee,
integrating hip hop over the bands 6
piece funk grooves. After a year spent
managing and promoting the group, setting up
gigs at local venues around his home state
New Jersey and still
working at MTV in order to support his
ambitions, Jeff was employed by CEG. Though
he is no longer with MTV, he continues to
pursue his aspirations with
Suburban Graffiti, while working
full time as CEG's promotional designer and
Jennifer found herself involved in the
music industry since 2001 while
attending William Paterson University.
During her time there, she assisted in
showcasing young musical talent
throughout the university and
neighboring towns. She worked at
Worldwide Entertainment Group and Big 3
Entertainment with Dave Lory and David
Leach assisting in the careers of
Jennifer now manages North Jersey ska
and has a
network of local bands she works with in
building their careers and booking
shows. She volunteers with LIFEbeat.org
where you may see her handing out
condoms at NYC shows. Jen is currently
involved in many projects in various
facets of the music industry and
has planted her feet down at CEG
since late 2005.